By Paolo Camedda
Giovanni Galli acknowledges that, while being paired with Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League was the post possible draw for AC Milan, he believes that the Italian champions will benefit from the fact that all of the pressure is on their opponents to progress.
The former Rossoneri goalkeeper has nothing but admiration for the Blaugrana, but he points out that there is heavy burden of expectancy on the Catalans to become the first side to successfully defend the title and feels that Massimiliano Allegri's men can exploit that fact.
"There is no doubt that for AC Milan this is the most difficult tie, the worst draw that they could have gotten," Galli told Goal.com. "How do you knock out Barcelona? How do you stop [Lionel] Messi?
"Still, while it's true that Barca are likely to have 60 per cent possession, there are two games to play and both will start at 0-0.
"For me, Milan will have a psychological advantage. Against the Catalans, Milan will have little to lose.
"It's up to Barca to prove that they are the best side in the world; that they are still number one. Barcelona has to beat Milan, more than Milan has to beat Barcelona."
Milan welcome Barca to San Siro on March 28 before then travelling to Catalunya for the second leg on April 3.
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